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Read Across Texas Author Event

Our Read Across Texas 2021 Author Event with authors Chris Barton and Nancy Wayson Dinan, moderated by KUT’s Jennifer Stayton, already took place. Please enjoy the recording and feel free to integrate it into your programs.


Nancy Wayson Dinan is the author of Things You Would Know If You Grew Up AroundThumbnail image of cover of the Things You Would Know if You Grew Up Around Here book Here, which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize. A former managing editor for Iron Horse Literary Review, her work has appeared in the Texas Observer, Arts & Letters, and Paris Review Daily. 

Nancy earned an MFA from the Ohio State University in 2013, and a PhD from Texas Tech University, where she taught for several years, including at the TTU Costa Rica campus. She's currently a faculty member at Western Kentucky University. 

Nancy is a native Texan who lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Her roots are in the Texas Hill Country, however, and she and her family spend several months per year in Burnet County. She is thrilled to connect with readers, writers, and librarians across the state. 

Nancy invites you to visit her at  www.nancywaysondinan.com.


Chris Barton is the author of picture books including bestseller Shark vs. Train, Sibert Honor-winning TheThumbnail image of the All of a Sudden and Forever: Help and Healing after the Oklahoma City Bombing book cover Day-Glo Brothers, and Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions, which was included on 21 state reading lists.

His newest books include Fire Truck vs. Dragon, All of a Sudden and Forever: Help and Healing After the Oklahoma City Bombing, What Do You Do with a Voice Like That? The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan (included on the 2020-21 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List), and the upcoming How to Make a Book (About My Dog), illustrated by Sarah Horne. 

Chris visits schools by the score and also loves speaking to professional gatherings of librarians, educators, and fellow writers. 

He’s married to YA/middle-grade novelist Jennifer Ziegler (How Not to Be Popular, the Brewster Triplets series). Chris and Jennifer have one daughter, three sons, and one dog. They live in Austin, Texas, where he has advocated for greater diversity in children's literature by co-founding the Modern First Library program with independent bookseller BookPeople.

Chris invites you to visit him at www.chrisbarton.info.


Moderator: Jennifer Stayton was born and raised in Austin and after living away for almost 20 years has been back since 2001. Jennifer has worked for commercial and public radio stations in Austin; Syracuse, New York; and Western Massachusetts. She has a Master’s Degree from Syracuse University in Radio-Television-Film. Jennifer has been the local anchor and host of NPR's “Morning Edition” on KUT 90.5 since 2004. She also hosts and produces interviews for KUT and kut.org.

Jennifer serves on the Advisory Committee for KTSW 89.9 at Texas State University in San Marcos. She is also a Board member and mentor for Women Communicators of Austin. 

Jennifer and her husband Charles live in Austin with their cats Tidbit and Durango. Jennifer's stepdaughter Samantha is a sophomore at Trinity University in San Antonio.

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